You know I love a good small business contest. Heck, it’s an opportunity to win money for doing relatively little—money that could help you hire new employees or better market your business.

The latter is the idea behind Deluxe Corporation’s Project REV, a year-long marketing lab that offers small business owners in the U.S. the tools and expert resources they need to grow their businesses. Project REV will award each winning business with $15,000 in Deluxe marketing products and services and a full year’s worth of business and marketing mentorship.

Laura Radewald, vice president of enterprise brand at Deluxe hit the nail on the head when she said today’s entrepreneurs and small business owners are passionate about their businesses and not necessarily about marketing. She says, “Small business owners are often frustrated with marketing and unsure if they are doing it effectively.”

If you win, you can spend the $15,000 on Deluxe products such as:

    • Web site development and hosting


    • Logo design and branding


    • E-mail marketing


    • Traditional direct marketing


    • Web-to-print services


    • Search engine marketing

Can you relate? Then enter to win the Project REV contest. When you do, you’ll be asked to answer a list of 13 questions about your small business. Up to 10 businesses will be selected. The contest runs through Sept. 30, 2011.